Michael Lowry (Partner-Las Vegas) contributed an article, "The Enduring Myth of the Common Carrier," to the October 2016 Transportation Law issue of Communiqué that explains why a common carrier is not always a common carrier and not an insurer of its passengers' safety. For instance, in Nevada a motor carrier may be a common carrier for one operation − "liable for any injury to a passenger occasioned by the slightest negligence against which human prudence and foresight should have guarded"− but a private carrier for another. Michael cautions that the distinction is important because it changes the standard of care.
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